Natchez mayor leaves office with longlist of accomplishments

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Looking back over the decades since he became a public official nearly 25 years ago, Natchez Mayor Butch Brown can list dozens of projects with his fingerprints on them. The construction of the Mississippi River bridge into Natchez, the bluff stabilization project, opening the Natchez Visitor Reception Center and countless others projects are on his list…

Gulfport housekeeper accused of theft of jewelry

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Harrison County sheriff’s deputies say a 29-year-old Gulfport woman has been arrested for taking a homeowner’s jewelry while she was working as a housekeeper. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson tells The Sun Herald Roxanna Renee Griffin was arrested Wednesday on a charge of grand larceny. Peterson said Griffin had stolen several rings from a home where…

Mississippi Gulf Coast could cash in on trade with Cuba

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Lifting the 50-year-old trade embargo with Cuba could be an economic boon to South Mississippi. As relations become more normalized between the United States and Cuba, an advocacy group is pressing business leaders and legislators to open the doors to Cuba even more, promising a surge in commerce on the Coast if the embargo is lifted….

McComb schools seek to add more teachers

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) – The McComb School District is seeking qualified teachers for its schools. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports that the school district currently has slots available for math, science and special education teachers. Jonathan McLendon, the district’s personnel director and energetic recruiter, says he is searching for teachers across the state and beyond its borders. He says there is…

Man drowns in lake while grabbling for fish

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A man has died at a lake near Oxford while grabbling for catfish. The Oxford Eagle reports that 30-year-old Wesley Loptien died Saturday at Sardis Lake after going into the water to catch the fish with his hands. Greg Raimondo of the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a friend noticed that…

Police urge drivers to stay sober over holiday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police are urging people to plan ahead for Independence Day celebrations by designating a sober driver if they plan to be out on roadways. A statement from police says the agency will be out in full force for its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs from July 1 through July 4….

TDOT to suspend road work during Fourth of July weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Transportation Department is shutting down road construction projects for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend. Construction-related lane closures will be suspended on interstates and state highways beginning at midnight on Thursday and running through 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says that suspending roadwork will help travelers reach their destinations safely…

Drive Out Hate billboards push message of love

BENTON, Tenn. (AP) – A grassroots organizer in southeastern Tennessee has launched a positive billboard campaign less than a week after an independent candidate for Congress posted a campaign sign in Polk County that says “Make America White Again.” The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that two digital billboards have been erected displaying inclusive messages such as a quote from…

Mr. Food recipe for spinach dip rollups

What You’ll Need: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained 2 (2-ounce) jars diced roasted red bell peppers, drained well 1 (3-ounce) package bacon bits 5 (10-inch) flour tortillas What To Do: In a large bowl,…

Knox County settles lawsuit for $100K after photo of arrest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Eastern Tennessee taxpayers will pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after a photo appeared to show a deputy choking a college student who was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the settlement of the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by former University of Tennessee Jarod D. Dotson was…